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Berry Street - Foster Care, Child Protection, Youth, Family Violence and Community Services
Welcome to Berry Street
|Berry Street is a not-for-profit, non-government and non-church based organisation that has been supporting Victorian children and families since 1877. |
We work with children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs. These children and young people have often suffered great distress and significant harm growing up in families where violence, neglect, abuse, trauma and poverty have prevented them from having a good childhood.
Our greatest challenges today are:
|Our Service Charter outlines the Berry Street service committment |
to you, our clients. We welcome suggestions and feedback and take seriously any complaints.
|Education, Training & Employment|
|Foster & Kinship Care|
Be a hero, help a hero today
We live in awe of our heroic foster parents who step up with compassion and strength to provide the love and care that every child deserves. Heroes like Christine. Christine has been a foster carer for thirty years and has opened her home to 360 children in that time.
Unfortunately for carers like Christine, the reimbursement they receive from the government for their critical work just doesn’t come anywhere near to covering costs.
We need your urgent financial support to help us ensure that traumatised children can be cared for in a loving and secure home. Make a donation today!
Berry Christmas Gift Appeal 2014
Every year, Berry Street aims to bring joy to the vulnerable children and young people in our care by providing them with a gift of their own on Christmas morning.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, last year we were able to bring the spirit of Christmas to over 2,000 children and young people.
Can you help us give the spirit of Christmas this year? We can’t do it without you!
Find out how you can help now!
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Our Foster Care System is in crisis... Foster care in Victoria is in a state of crisis. Victorian carers receive the lowest reimbursement rate in Australia and yet more than 500 extra children need care every year.
The Victorian Government needs to recognise the importance of foster care within our community.
Send an e-mail to your local MP and your electorate candidate. Let them know that our vulnerable children are depending on them. Read More >>
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News & Events
|Giving Kids in Care a basketball experience|
|A basketball clinic for children and young people in care aged 6-15 was held on Monday, 29 September...read more|
|HEARTCORE book launch|
|Over 200 friends and supporters joined us on 25 September at the Mind Room to launch our fabulous new publication, HEARTCORE. read more|
|Berry Street’s response to Monash Uni’s Leaving Care & Youth Report|
|Berry Street endorses the findings and recommendations of Monash University’s Leaving Care and Youth Report published today...read more|
|Child abuse still on the rise as foster care exodus continues|
|"As reports to Child Protection continue to escalate, a huge decline in foster carers in Victoria is adding further pressure on Victoria's already under-resourced Out-of-Home Care System"...read more|
|Moving from scandals to solutions in State care|
|Op Ed - Berry Street CEO, Sandie de Wolf AM, discussed the recent widespread media coverage of the sexual abuse of children in State residential care...read more|
|Foster care for traumatised children could be nurtured by tax breaks|
|Berry Street has long called for foster care to be strengthened by professionalisation and tax breaks. |
More and more Victorian foster parents leave the state system each year...read more
|Focus on family violence key to supporting children & families|
|Berry Street’s CEO, Sandie de Wolf AM, responds to today’s announcement of the Federal Government’s Second National Action Plan to tackle family violence...read more|